A big myth surrounding the distracted driving epidemic is that drivers can multitask, but nothing could be further from the truth. The human brain can’t actually do two things at the same time. It can’t even watch TV and hold a telephone conversation at the same time. The brain has to switch back and forth between tasks. When it comes to driving, the same is true. When you’re talking on your phone, your brain is switching between two tasks, and that slows down your reaction times. There’s no such thing as “multitasking” safely behind the wheel. When you’re driving, you should only be focused on the task of driving.
What About Hands-Free Devices?
Unfortunately, there is no data to show that talking on hands-free devices is any safer than talking on handheld devices. According to the National Safety Council, drivers talking on cell phones can miss up to 50 percent of their driving environments, including pedestrians and red lights. Furthermore, drivers may be pulled into a false sense of security when using a hands-free device, incorrectly thinking that they are making a safer choice.
What About Using a Phone at Stop Lights?
Some people also say that they only use their phones or send and read text messages at stoplights, but that’s not a good idea either. Even at red lights, it’s critically important to remain vigilant and attentive to the traffic and vehicles around you. Additionally, a recent study by AAA found that people are distracted up to 27 seconds after they finish sending a voice text, which means, you could still be distracted, even after the light turns green and you’re on your way.
How About Voice-to-Text?
Unfortunately, voice-to-text isn’t all it’s cracked up to be either. When it comes to any kind of interaction with your phone, it’s not just about being visually or manually distracted. You are mentally distracted, which can be just as dangerous. Furthermore, you may be tempted to deal with autocorrect errors and other issues commonly associated with voice-to-text, making it an all around bad idea behind the wheel.
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